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Equipment

4 out of 5 4.0
  • Five trim levels from S to VRS
  • Air-con and Bluetooth standard on all
  • Plenty of optional extras to choose from, too

The Octavia’s rivals have caught up in recent years when it levels of equipment, but there’s still plenty to enjoy especially in the higher-spec models.

Standard Skoda Octavia Hatch equipment

S

The base Octavia trim level has most of the necessary kit, plus a couple of nice gadgets thrown in too. This includes:

SE

Moving up to SE trim bags you additional goodies:

SE L

The most popular trim on the Octavia range, SE L provides just about all the kit you’ll ever need plus scope for a few choice optional extras:

Laurin & Klement

The flagship spec on the Octavia, Laurin & Klement adds to SE L spec with an impressive array of gadgets and gizmos:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • 9.2-inch Columbus multimedia system with sat-nav
  • Premium Canton sound system
  • Electrically adjustable front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Lane departure warning

vRS

Opt for one of the vRS models and the equipment is upgraded to match the performance:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels,
  • Full LED headlights
  • Front sports seats
  • Ambient lighting
  • Drive mode selection

Optional Skoda Octavia Hatch extras

Much of the optional equipment on the Octavia is available as standard on the Laurin & Klement, or even the SE L models. However, there are some toys which even the top-spec model doesn’t offer as standard.

Frequently find yourself clearing your frozen windscreen in the morning? The Octavia can be optioned up with an electronically heated windscreen – just like the back window on lesser cars. Heated rear seats are also an option.

Dynamic chassis control (which allows the driver to choose different suspension settings depending on road conditions) is available as a standalone optional extra.

Those who are planning to use their Octavia for towing a caravan may also find the optional Trailer Assist to be a useful bit of kit. Capable of guiding your caravan into a tight spot, it operates using the electric wing mirror adjustment switch.

There’s also a number of different optional alloy wheel designs to choose from, all of which are 18-inches in diameter. Solid, metallic and pearl effect exterior paint colours are on offer to complete the Octavia’s looks.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Skoda Octavia Hatchback.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

Black Edition equipment

Black Edition standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
Black Edition optional equipment
  • Audio remote

Elegance equipment

Elegance standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
Elegance optional equipment
None available

GreenLine equipment

GreenLine standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
GreenLine optional equipment
None available

Laurin + Klement equipment

Laurin + Klement standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
Laurin + Klement optional equipment
  • DVD

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
S optional equipment
  • CD

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
SE optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control

SE Business equipment

SE Business standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
SE Business optional equipment
None available

SE L equipment

SE L standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
SE L optional equipment
  • CD

SE Sport equipment

SE Sport standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
SE Sport optional equipment
  • Audio remote

SE Technology equipment

SE Technology standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
SE Technology optional equipment
None available

vRS equipment

vRS standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
vRS optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails

Safety

4 out of 5 4.0
  • Strong safety credentials for the Octavia
  • Standard safety kit is comprehensive
  • You can add even more driver assistance systems

The Skoda Octavia scores well in Euro NCAP tests and boasts standard electronic stability control (ESC), up to nine airbags and a suite of advanced crash protection technology – however much of the latter is only available as an optional extra.

This includes Front Assist with City Emergency Brake function, which will attempt to automatically bring the car to a halt if it detects an impending collision.

As of 2017, this also includes Predictive Pedestrian Protection which is capable of applying the brakes in an attempt to stop the car if a person walks out in front. Standard on SE L and Laurin & Klement grade cars, Front Assist is available as a cost-option on all other trim levels aside from S.

Another optional extra across all trim levels is Skoda’s Crew Assistant that pre-tightens the seatbelts if an accident seems inevitable. Adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and high-beam assist are also available.

The Octavia has been awarded a five-star crash test rating by Euro NCAP. It boasts scores of 93% for adult occupant protection and 86% for child occupant protection, although pedestrian protection was downgraded from an original score of 82% to 66% in June 2013 after Skoda discontinued the standard fitment of an active ‘pop-up’ bonnet.

ISOFIX child seat mountings are fitted as standard on the outer rear seats.

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Skoda Octavia Hatchback was tested by Euro NCAP in 2013 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2013
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 93%
Child Occupant: 86%
Pedestrian: 66%
Safety Assist: 66%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.

Interior & boot space

4.7 out of 5 4.7
  • Acres of passenger space in the Octavia
  • Boot is larger than all of its rivals
  • Plenty of clever storage solutions as well

The new Octavia also boasts more head-, leg- and kneeroom and it’ll easily accommodate five occupants in comfort.

You'll also find the usual complement of storage spaces dotted around the car and a sizeable console bin that can hold a host of items.

Additionally, there’s a loading hatch in the rear seats that acts as an armrest when you are not storing stuff and a very useful net that’s located underneath the parcel shelf to stop smaller items rolling about.

The Octavia hatchback’s longer body means it offers more space than any of its similarly-priced rivals. It’s so big, in fact, the Octavia Estate’s boot is barely any bigger when loaded up to the parcel shelf. There’s space for four and luggage, while a fifth will be comfy for shorter journeys. This all makes the Octavia an excellent choice for families.

The Skoda's boot capacity measures 590 litres, which is massive when you compare it with rivals: Volkswagen Golf (380 litres), Ford Focus (316 litres), Honda Civic (420 litres) and Vauxhall Astra (370 litres).

The Octavia’s boot is even bigger than the Ford Mondeo which offers 541 litres of storage capacity.

The only criticism is that you can't fold the rear seats down completely flat, but you can still store plenty of stuff in there even though they lie at a slight angle. Total loading capacity with the seats down is an impressive 1,580 litres – an increase of 125 litres over the previous model.

The Octavia also features a double-sided floor covering in the boot plus there’s also a handy ice scraper inside the filler cap which is very handy.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Skoda Octavia Hatchback compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Skoda Octavia Hatchback 590 litres
SEAT Toledo 500 litres
Honda Civic Hatchback (12-17) 467 litres
Ford Focus Hatchback 237 litres

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